Dr. Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Director of The Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation on the brain, and is best known for his groundbreaking work on the study of emotions in the brain.
In this conversation, you will hear Richard share what neuroscientists are discovering about ways to train our brains to improve wellbeing through small daily practices.
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- [01:38] – Richard shares what the latest neuroscience research shows in the area of ways to improve wellbeing.
- [03:10] – Richard explains that wellbeing can be improved with practice. He talks about practices when it comes to improving wellbeing.
- [05:30] – Richard recommends that people start implementing these practices gradually.
- [6:26] – Richard encourages you to go to InvestigatingHealthyMinds.org and download the Compassion Meditation Practice.
- [07:02] – Mindfulness-based stress reduction is another excellent place to start, according to Richard.
- [07:41] – Richard explains how gratitude practices can help train our brains.
- [09:30] – Richard says that turning behaviors into habits is an effective way to embed these practices, neurologically.
- [11:37] – Richard describes some of the newer research now underway to understand how we can train our brains for wellbeing.
- The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them – Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley
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